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Professionalizing the Counselor : 20/20 Vision and Beyond

Dato' Dr. Abd. Halim Mohd Hussin

President, PERKAMA International
Fellow Researcher
Asian Centre for Research on Drug (ACREDA) USM

Socio-economic, political and cultural forces are megatrends that constantly affect and reshape the concept of counseling as a profession. Today, counseling may be seen as a professional relationship that empowers individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (Kaplan & Gladding, 2014). Counselors must therefore be practitioners who are well-equipped with specialized knowledge and skills that are particular to the profession and relevant to the times. Going forward, we need a clearer 20/20 vision of what professionalizing the counselor should entail. With a focus on the Malaysian scenario, this paper advocates changes in how the profession of counseling is perceived by the public, recognized by the government, and embraced by counselors themselves. It discusses how counselor attitudes must be reshaped and a more nurturing counseling culture cultivated. Finally, it stresses the necessity for these changes to be reflected in training content and approaches at all levels. Professional training and education for counselors need to be critically reviewed and updated, and implemented by relevant institutions without the disruptive influence of inadequately informed parties.

Counseling Issues in the Digitalization Era

Dr. Samuel T. Gladding

Professor of Counseling
Kenyon Family Faculty Fellowship 2018-2021
Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University

Samuel T. Gladding is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its former president. He has also served as president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, Chi Sigma Iota (international counseling honor society), and three ACA divisions: the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and the International Association of
Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). He is an ASGW fellow and the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

Dr. Gladding has authored numerous books (N=16 with 35 revisions), scholarly articles (N=92), book chapters (N=32), teaching videos (N=10), and poems (N=45). His writings have been translated into half a dozen languages including Korean, Indonesian, Chinese, Polish, and Russian He was a mental health first responder to the 9/11 attack in New York and has twice been a Fulbright Specialist (Turkey & China). He is the recipient of ACA’s Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, the David K. Brooks, Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award, and the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award. The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) and ACA have each named awards in his honor.

Dr. Gladding received his degrees from Wake Forest (B.A., M.A. Ed.), Yale (M. A.), and UNC-Greensboro (Ph.D.). He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor (North Carolina). He has taught counseling and worked with counselors and universities in Estonia, Austria, Malaysia, Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Qatar, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, Mexico, and Canada. Before becoming a professor of counselor educator, he worked fulltime as a clinician in a rural mental health center and was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Prior to coming to Wake Forest University, he taught at Fairfield University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Gladding is married to Claire Tillson Gladding and the father of three grown children. For fun, he enjoys playing with his therapy dog, Lexie, as well as traveling, walking, swimming, reading humor and biographies, and interacting with friends and family.

Transcultural Online Counselling: Therapy without Borders, A Phenomenological Approach

Desiree Carlson Sanroman

Gestalt and Existential Psychotherapist
IAC Latin America Representative
Transcultural Therapy

Today’s world and global connection requires for us to learn and master the language of humanity; understand the threads that connect all people of the globe and the universal infrastructures that sustain each social group.

As counsellors we are using technology more and more as a way to help others without physical or geographical borders. This reality comes with huge potential as well as enormous challenges to keep our professional mindset intact while opening our minds to adapt to virtual reality and master the art of creating intimacy and connection through virtual spaces. To create a therapeutical environment within the virtual reality requires a great set of cultural, emotional and phenomenological abilities in order to make our work both therapeutical and accesible to all.

The talk TRANSCULTURAL ONLINE COUNSELLING: Therapy without borders, a phenomenological approach is looking to reflect upon this matters as well as to develop tools to create virtual therapeutical spaces facing the challenges with wisdom, humility and intentionality.

Title: TBC

YBhgs Datuk Prof Kadim Suadi

Vice Chancellor
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Today’s world and global connection requires for us to learn and master the language of humanity; understand the threads that connect all people of the globe and the universal infrastructures that sustain each social group.

As counsellors we are using technology more and more as a way to help others without physical or geographical borders. This reality comes with huge potential as well as enormous challenges to keep our professional mindset intact while opening our minds to adapt to virtual reality and master the art of creating intimacy and connection through virtual spaces. To create a therapeutical environment within the virtual reality requires a great set of cultural, emotional and phenomenological abilities in order to make our work both therapeutical and accesible to all.

The talk TRANSCULTURAL ONLINE COUNSELLING: Therapy without borders, a phenomenological approach is looking to reflect upon this matters as well as to develop tools to create virtual therapeutical spaces facing the challenges with wisdom, humility and intentionality.